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    Custom 54 chevy 3100 (my first american car) picture heavy

    Hey guys,

    I'm new to the forum and would like to introduce myself and my new project.

    Ive wanted an american car and especially a truck for as long as i can remember so i put my lowrider toyota hilux up for sale and sent Ray @ raysclassiccars an email with my budget and the type of vehicle i wanted.

    Shortly after that my hilux sold on ebay and Ray contacted me with a list of stock that met my budget. In the list of trucks Ray sent me they were mainly full restoration/rat trucks with stock suspension brakes engine etc. But there was one truck in the list that was just over my budget but was an ex show truck, with a camaro clip, dropped 10 bolt rear axle, tuned 350 small block, th350 auto trans, custom interior etc etc

    So after many exchanged emails with Ray, i scraped together all of my savings plus any cash i could lay my hands on and placed my order in mid december.

    Ray was an absolute star to deal with and helped me through the entire import process start to finish.

    A few of the pictures that Ray sent me..









    Fast forward to late febuary and the truck was ready to collect from southampton docks, so i borrowed a trailer and a tow vehicle and off i went....









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    Thats really nice and looks cool!

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    Spec list-

    350 small block, edelbrock air gap inlet manifold, holley 4 barrel carb, hedman headers, billet roller rockers, camaro front clip (apparently), 10 bolt rear axle, th350 auto trans, b&m shifter, custom tweed interior, billet gauge surrounds and modern gauges.

    Things ive done so far-

    Replace fuel filter
    Replace air filter
    Replace rocker covers
    Replace rocker cover bolt/t handles
    Replace spark plugs
    Tuned carb (attempted)
    Set timing (attempted)
    Installed ignition lead clamps
    Replaced vacuum wiper motor for electric conversion kit
    Re-done some wiring under dash and in engine bay
    Installed digital tach
    Replaced wiper arms and blades
    Installed fuel pressure regulator
    Installed/wired stereo









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    Jobs to do-

    Insure and uk register
    Remove battery tray and lengthen for larger battery and make new clamp
    Remove and inspect all brakes/wheel bearings/bushes/ball joints etc
    Re-chrome front grill
    Re-chrome or powder coat wheels
    Replace door seals/foam
    Fit seat belt to passenger side
    Tidy up wet sand and machine polish paint

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    Things i need help with-

    There is a heater/de mister installed. But no switches wired up, just one single wire coming from behind it? The truck has been 12 volt converted, would i be right in the assumption that the heater will be 6v? If so i assume i'll need some kind of dropper 12v to 6v? How do i wire up a switch or switches to a heater with only one wire coming from it?


    The only other problem is that after ive had the truck running and up to temperature then shut it off, it struggles to turn over? I researched into this and read that it could be the starter solenoid getting hot as the exhaust is very close to the starter? I have installed a summit racing starter blanket but this dusnt seem to of cured the problem. Should the starter have its own earth? There isnt one on it but there is an empty terminal at the back of the motor? Is this suitable for an earth?

    Help would be much appreciated as i am very new to american vehicles and engines.

    Thanks for reading and i will update with my progress as often as i can.

    Steve

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    Very nice looking buy , love the front of that truck

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    Hey guys,

    I had a go at machine polishing the o/s front wing and the hood at the weekend. paintworks not the best, lots of stonechips and california sunburn but i think it has improved slightly.

    Before



    Stage 1 coarse cut rough pad



    Stage 2 fine cut fine pad


    Stage 3 nano polish heavy gloss



    I used a rotary polisher and farecla g1 and g3 with farecla pads.

    Steve

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    bloomin awesome Steve

    Lovely looking truck, hope to see it in the flesh someday, not that far away from you, and i've been toying with getting a truck (have messaged Ray a few times - lol)

    Once quick question - In the engine bay photos is that a Glass fuel filter i see:

    http://i1348.photobucket.com/albums/...psbcd96bab.jpg

    if so, get rid of it and either fit a non glass one, or leave out altogether - assuming there is a filter before the fuel pump that is. Read to many stories of these glass ones breaking in the engine bays and the car going up in flames.

    rgds
    Gary

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    Hey gary,

    You your not far from mee, if you ever want to come have a nosey feel free.

    Yea its a glass fuel filter, i fitted it temporary so as to see if the fuel tank needed cleaning out.

    I.E if the filter filled with crud i was going to remove, empty and clean the tank. But since ive fitted it its spotless inside the filter so will soon be replacing it.

    Thanks for the warning though

    Steve

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